106 Min. | Action – Crime – Drama | December 2005
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Director: Tony Giglio
Staring: Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe, Wesley Snipes
Chaos Review: Like in “Butterfly Effect”, Chaos doesn’t have anything to do with the chaos theory and just made to draw our attention to it. Someone tried to do the movie a smart one so he tried to relate the plot to the chaos theory. It looks like this person didn’t know what the theory is about, it’s just it sounded “cool”, and he tried on the basis of this cool term to do a movie. He really messed up. Chaos is trying to catch up with movies like ‘The Usual Suspect’ but the plot and the actors, though they do they work fine, can’t be really compared. Although Jason Statham is as good as in any other movie, Wesley Snipes doesn’t affect to much with his role. It could be done by someone else, though according to his last couple of movies this one is a major step up.
In Chaos, Ryan Phillipe beside Jason Statham looks like a school boy at the blackboard trying to solve equations. As someone already noted here, he reminds Justin Timberlake which is clearly not to his advantage. This is a reasonably brisk paced and entertaining action thriller. There’s a similar story to Spike Lee’s critical hit, Inside Man, only Chaos was made two years ago, and is as yet awaiting its release. This may give an indication to the fact the film is not really a bankable product. This is not down to quality, because this is by no means a bad film, it’s just what you might call a marketing nightmare, as a theatrical release anyway. It’s a “thinks it’s cleverer than it is” thriller starring two martial arts stars, but without martial arts.
Chaos is an enjoyable flick though. We have Ryan Phillipe and Jason Statham teaming up to investigate a bank heist. As the title suggests, this film is about Chaos, or the Chaos theory, whereby seemingly random acts are in fact connected. Wesley Snipes co-stars as the bank robber in question. The cast are good. Phillipe shares lead duties with Statham, and handles the film well. His character is pretty two dimensional but he does it convincingly and handles the action well too. Statham, delivering another strange accent, supposedly American, is despite his accent, charismatic. It’s Wesley Snipes though who stands out, actually enjoying himself after a string of sub-standard, lazy performances in his DTV action vehicles and also in Blade Trinity. The film looks polished, has a decent score and is a good watch. It just feels very DTV but a better than the normal DTV. Indeed this may have one or two twists too many but the twisting plot manages to keep you guessing as it unravels. Overall, Chaos is enjoyable.